Busy Hands

Oh my goodness, these last couple of weeks have been busy work and family-wise.  Looking back I’m a little shocked at how much hand work I’ve been able to accomplish and have several finishes and works in progress to share.


First off, I decided to get creative with some of my leather scraps and made up this clutch with a moth out of leather for the front.  Being able to use orange leather as accents and as a zipper pull tickles me to no end and has me searching vintage shops high and low for unique colored leather to repurpose.  With the orange feather Anna Maria Horner fabric lining I want to walk around with the bag open at all times however impractical.


I also got busy making another Sew Together Bag for a friend.  The Koi fabric has me calling this bag “Why so Koi?”.  Don’t tell anyone but I think my favorite part of creating is coming up with names for my makings. 🙂



You can find the Sew Together Pattern here: Sew Together Bag by SewDemented | Sewing Pattern.

I’ve also been busy with yarn.  My husband and I are headed on a vacation to a cooler climate in a few weeks so I made up this double cowl in anticipation.  The lovely grey yarn got a little monotonous so I decided to add a mustard stripe.  Best.  Idea.  Ever.




I used a grey yarn by Neighborhood Fiber Company (Studio Worsted in the color Thomas Circle) and the mustard is Malabrigo Worsted in Sunset.  The free Ravelry pattern can be found here:

Ravelry: Casu Cowl pattern by Galia Lael.

Some beautiful hand dyed fabric by Malka of Stitch N Dye came into my possession and has also been spurring my creativity.  Riffing off techniques I learned from Carolyn Friedlander in her latest book, I made up a pattern and am working on some needle turn applique pillows.  These have me really excited.




Are you still there? 🙂  Lastly, I’ve been exploring a new idea for the theme of Nude as a clothing color.  If you have been following me you know that I oppose this still common designer habit.  My previous post is here: Needle Turn Applique with a Message | Entropy Always Wins.  Using Carolyn Friedlander’s pattern and trying out paper piecing for the first time I have been making several dresses in various shades of “nude” and a quilt idea is coming together.  I purchased her pattern here:

Carolyn Friedlander Shirts [1PA-CarolynFriedlander-1112] – $11.95 : Pink Chalk Fabrics is your online source for modern quilting cottons and sewing patterns., Cloth, Pattern + Tool for Modern Sewists.





Blessings everyone.


11 thoughts on “Busy Hands

  1. You have been super busy! I love the double cowl – the pop of mustard is perfection. 🙂 I think naming projects can be one of the most fun aspects, too. It makes me want to write a post and talk about some fun project and even old work project names (a memorable one: death ray. Upper management got wind of that nickname and tried to help us “forget” it by renaming the project and only succeeded in making it more memorable… ah, names can be so fun!)

    1. I love the names of your projects Yvonne-many speak to your science background. “Death Ray” . . . Would love to hear the story about that one. Congrats on your fair wins-so exciting!


  2. So many great projects here! Love the moth applique in leather. The color combinations are great. The double cowl is so fun with the pop of color. I am excited to see the pillow and quilt come together.
    The sew together bag is awesome! I am still looking for a zipper project for the swap; I may give that one a try.

      1. My knee is getting better, but not yet 100%. I am still sewing on it as we addicted sewists will do. 🙂 You are the best and the worst for sharing that bag! It is awesome! I do not need another one either, but that bag rocks!

  3. I love Malka’s fabrics. I am new to her work and it really interests me, what she does with dyeing. Your cowl is so cool, the stripe makes it look very hip!

  4. Can you make some ‘nude’ shirts with freckles? My nude has freckles, tan lines in strange places and wobbly bits.
    ‘Why so koi?’
    ‘No reason. I am just fishing about in my very stylish bag for something. Stop carping on about it.’

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